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Hull v Watford - Story of the match

Lazar Markovic and Sam Clucas struck second-half goals as 10-man Hull kept their Premier League survival hopes alive with a gutsy 2-0 home win against Watford.

The Tigers overcame the controversial first-half dismissal of striker Oumar Niasse to score two brilliant goals in the space of nine minutes just after the hour mark through Markovic and Clucas to stay two points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play.

Hull's bid for survival had been dealt a massive blow when referee Robert Madley showed Niasse a harsh straight red card in the 25th minute, but their 10 men showed real fight after the break and stormed to a sixth win in seven home league games under head coach Marco Silva.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"GOAL Hull 2-0 Watford (71 mins). What a strike from Sam Clucas! He controls the ball and smashes it in from outside the area #HULWAT" - Clucas' strike catches the eye of the Premier League's official account (@premierleague).

STAR MAN

Sam Clucas. Defender Andrea Ranocchia was named official man of the match after a colossal display at the heart of defence, but midfielder Clucas turned in another tireless display in midfield and scored a world-class goal to effectively seal another three points for his side. Clucas has improved immeasurably under head coach Marco Silva and his range of passing and stamina in midfield will surely be gaining the attention of England coach Gareth Southgate.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Hull striker Oumar Niasse was genuinely dumb-founded when referee Robert Madley showed him a straight red card for his challenge on M'Baye Niang in the 25th minute. Television replays showed Niasse had caught Niang just below the knee with the side of his foot - there were no upturned studs - and the referee's controversial decision clearly took the wind out of Hull's sails as they chased the game's opening goal.

DATA POINT

Hull secured their fourth straight home win and extended their unbeaten Premier League run at the KCOM Stadium to seven matches. The Tigers have won six of their seven home league games under Silva, whose own unbeaten home league run as a head coach now stands at 41 matches, going back through his spells at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos. Watford, all but safe on 40 points, have lost their last four league games on the road.

RATINGS

Hull

Eldin Jakupovic 7

Ahmed Elmohamady 6

Harry Maguire 6

Andrea Ranocchia 7

Andrew Robertson 6

Alfred N'Diaye 6

Evandro 5

Sam Clucas 8

Kamil Grosicki 6

Oumar Niasse 6

Lazar Markovic 7

Substitutes

Abel Hernandez (on for Evandro, 46) 6

Tom Huddlestone (on for Markovic, 82) 6

Michael Dawson (on for Grosicki, 90) 6

Watford

Heurelho Gomes: 5

Daryl Janmaat: 5

Miguel Britos: 5

Sebastian Prodl: 6

Jose Holebas: 5

Nordin Amrabat: 6

Tom Cleverley: 5

Etienne Capoue: 6

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 5

M'Baye Niang: 6

Troy Deeney: 5

Substitutes

Isaac Success (on for Amrabat, 67): 6

Stefano Okaka (on for Doucoure, 74) 5

Camilo Zuniga (on for Holebas, 87) 6

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